Child Orthodontics

Why orthodontics for children?

Your young ones do deserve straight, healthy, confident smiles. With interceptive orthodontics, our orthodontist is trained to identify and treat problems that left untreated at this stage may require more extensive treatment or may compromise on achieving an optimum result by postponing treatment until a later date. Some children as early as 5 or 6 years of age may benefit from an orthodontic checkup. Although treatment is unlikely at this early age, some preventive treatment may be indicated. By age 7, most children have a mix of baby and adult teeth. Children may experience dental crowding, too much space between teeth, protruding teeth and extra or missing teeth and sometimes jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions (literally, “bad bites”) may also be acquired, that is they develop over time. They can be caused by thumb- or finger-sucking, mouth-breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, the early or late loss of baby teeth, accidents or poor nutrition. Trauma and other medical conditions such as birth defects may contribute to orthodontic problems, as well. Sometimes an inherited malocclusion is complicated by an acquired problem. Whatever the cause, the orthodontist is usually able to treat most conditions successfully.

When to see an orthodontist?

The AAO recommends that all children get a checkup with an orthodontist no later than age 7. While your child’s teeth may appear straight to you, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the checkup may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that is comforting news. Even if a problem is detected, chances are our orthodontist will take a “wait-and-see” approach, checking your child from time to time as the permanent teeth come in and the jaws and face continue to grow. For each patient who needs treatment, there is an ideal time for it to begin in order to achieve the best results. Our orthodontist has the expertise to determine when the treatment time is right. The orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.

What are the benefits of early treatment?

Our orthodontist performs early treatment to :
1. Guide jaw growth
2. Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
3. Correct harmful oral habits
4. Improve appearance and self-esteem
5. Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
6. Improve the way lips meet.

What signs to look for ?

Few signs or habits that may indicate the need for an orthodontic examination are:
1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
2. Difficulty in chewing or biting
3. Mouth-breathing
4. Thumb-sucking
5. Finger-sucking
6. Crowding, misplaced or blocked out teeth
7. Jaws that shift or make sounds
8. Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
9. Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all
10. Jaws and teeth that are out-of-proportion to the rest of the face

Regardless of the age, it’s advisable to get an orthodontic evaluation done if any of the above is noticed. It is not necessary to wait until age 7 for an orthodontic checkup in such a scenario.


Why adolescent orthodontics?

Treatment is important because crooked or crowded teeth are hard to clean, and that may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue and possible jaw joint problems. Then there’s the emotional side of an unattractive smile. Being an adolescent or teenager could be challenging with crooked teeth When you are not confident in the way you look, your self-esteem suffers. Teenagers whose malocclusions are left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their smiles.Confidence that comes with a beautiful smile.

Why is this a good time for braces?

Your children are going through a growth spurt at this development stage. Most of the adult teeth have erupted. For boys, they’re still growing at age 13, which is a good time to start treatment with brackets and arch wires.
Girls typically benefit from starting treatment sooner than boys. Once girls start puberty, skeletal growth slows tremendously.
This is also an ideal time for treatment because many of your child’s peers also are in treatment. Braces tend to be a rite of passage at this age, which often lessens feelings of self-consciousness during treatment.

What are the most common treatment done for adolescents?

State-of-the-art straight wire brackets are the most common. In some situations, depending upon the condition class II and class III correctors are used to alter the bite. Expanders are commonly used in case of crossbites
Invisalign Teen takes a modern approach to straightening teeth with its smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums. Invislign Teen lets you remove the clear aligners when you want, allowing you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health.


Why orthodontics for adults?

Orthodontic treatment may save your teeth Today, orthodontic treatment is a viable option for almost any adult. It is well-recognized that when left untreated, many orthodontic problems may become worse. When you have a malocclusion (“bad bite”), your teeth may be crowded, excessively spaced or may not fit together correctly. Such conditions may lead to dental health problems. Crowded teeth are hard to clean and, given time, may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Bad bites can also result in abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces, difficulty chewing and damage to supporting bone and gum tissue. Poorly aligned teeth can contribute to pain in the jaw joints. You’ll be pleased to learn that orthodontic treatment will fit in with your current lifestyle – you can sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss and even have your picture taken. One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
Our orthodontist can cater your primary concern and formulate a treatment plan that can address only that and be specific. This may result in treatment completion in a short span while fulfilling your desire without compromising health. Metal ,ceramic braces or clear aligners are used along with mini-implants and other auxiliaries to achieve desired results in an adult patient.


1. Are there alignment issues in your teeth?
2. Do you often hesitate to laugh out loud to cover your teeth?
3. Are you shy to wear dental braces?

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1. It helps you straighten the teeth with lesser pain and higher comfort.
2. These invisible removable braces allow you to get the remedy without compromising with your social life and smile.
3. It has no dietary restrictions like - conventional dental braces.
4. It gives you the result faster than regular braces. 5. An affordable yet efficient alternative to other clear aligners.


Invisalign is manufactured by Align Technology, an American multinational medical-device company. The company's clear align system has been used to treat a significant number of patients. The company was founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti. Chishti conceived of the basic design of InvisAlign while an adult orthodontics patient. During his treatment with a retainer intended to complete his treatment, he posited that a series of such devices could affect a large final placement in a series of small movements. Sales began in the U.S. in 1999 and quickly became popular in the rest of the world.


Hawley Retainers

The Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a variety of colors.

Fixed Retainers

Bonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower teeth. This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire. If your retainer breaks at any time during the retention phase, please do not adjust it yourself. Kindly schedule an emergency appointment.

Clear Retainer

The clear retainer is a clear removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Clear retainers have no metal wires and are virtually invisible. They are very durable and easy to wear.